A memoir written by soprano Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick (’06, Voice) titled The Encore will be published on October 3. Tillemann-Dick has received some positive reviews already from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, in addition to Jill Biden, NYT bestselling author Andrew Solomon, and Peabody faculty artist Denyce Graves. Tillemann-Dick is scheduled to appear on NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon on September 30 and on the new Megyn Kelly Today show on the morning of October 3. Tillemann-Dick will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble at Johns Hopkins on Thursday, October 12.
Bach in Baltimore will open its 30th anniversary season with Bach’s Cantata 16: Herr Gott, dich loben wir (Lord God, we praise you) featuring tenor Jeffrey Fahnestock (AD ’91, Voice) as soloist on Sunday, October 1, at 4:00 pm. The concert will take place at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles Street, Baltimore.
Innovative Dutch contemporary musical group Ensemble Klang has released their album Black Untitled. The CD features the works of Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition). Described by the ensemble as a “ritual of sound and space,” cortex and ankle I – XI opens the album featuring faculty artist Ah Yong Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice).
Peabody Distinguished Visiting Artist Eric Owens, bass-baritone, and faculty artist William Burden, tenor, will perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Music of the Baroque, Jane Glover conducting, in Chicago, September 16 and 17. Owens will sing the role of Elijah, and Burden will sing the part of Obadiah. Performances will take place Saturday, September 16, at 7:30 pm, at the Harris Theater in Chicago and Sunday, September 17, 7:30 pm, at the North Shore Center in Skokie, Ill.
Vocal studies faculty member and opera stage director Garnett Bruce directed Puccini’s Turandot for the 2017-18 San Francisco Opera season opener on Friday, September 8. Soprano Toni Marie Palmertree (BM ‘06, Voice) made her debut in her role as Liu, the faithful slave. The production runs now until September 30, and then November 18 to December 9. When the production returns in November, Peabody alumnus Christopher Don Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting) will make his San Francisco Opera conducting debut.